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Comment: Re:Largest Nuclear Disaster? (Score 3, Informative) 413

by Crysm (#31773288) Attached to: What Chernobyl Looks Like In 2010
An example detonation would not have had the same effect as a show of willingness to bomb and easily destroy civilian populations. I'm not saying it was a good thing, but it could be called necessary.

Either way, the loss of life is regrettable, tragic. You will note that there has been no detonation of nuclear weapons in war in the 65 years since.

Comment: Re:Statistics [Re:Lulz] (Score 1) 317

by Crysm (#29532957) Attached to: AIDS Vaccine Is Partially Successful
I read a sociology paper recently. It was very clear about what answers it was trying to find and whether or not each point was or was not significant. Many points were significant; many were not. Even if every point had come back as not being statistically significant, that doesn't mean it has nothing useful to say. It just says that Group X is not very different from the Control group for whatever parameter was being measured. (Although if every point came back negative, something would probably be seriously wrong with either the initial assumptions or the statistical analysis itself...)

Comment: Re:How small is it? (Score 1) 426

by Crysm (#29290539) Attached to: Major ISPs Seek To Lower Broadband Definition

broadband means a combination signal sent over multiple carriers simultaneously

It sounds like you are describing not broadband communication, but spread-spectrum communication. While you may or may not be technically correct in whatever field you are referring to, the term 'broadband' can mean a number of things based on context (or in this case, whether people are allowed to give you less and call it the same thing).

Comment: Re:Hogwash (Score 1) 817

by Crysm (#29016745) Attached to: Chrome OS Designed To Start Microsoft Death Spiral

And when Google fixes a bug or updates features, you get the fix immediately.

I'll grant that free and automatic updates to everything sounds good on paper (especially to security folks), but sometimes when they add new features, they redesign the entire interface and you have to get used to it all over again, whether you like the new version or not. And they didn't even ask or give you advance warning. Oops.

With local apps you may have the added hassle of having to update things yourself, but at least you get to decide whether an update is better than the older version or not. Added features does not necessarily mean better functionality. There's a reason http://oldversion.com/ exists.

Comment: Re:13 main/root DNS servers to take down only (Score 2, Informative) 110

by Crysm (#28832839) Attached to: Hacker Group L0pht Making a Comeback
Yes, because no one has yet invented DNS caching.
...
Oh wait.


Yes, those servers are important, but they don't handle every single DNS lookup directly. They wouldn't be able to withstand that. Taking down those servers would only inconvenience people by temporarily preventing them from contacting domains that weren't in their DNS server's cache.

A more effective target would be to attack IXPs and prevent the traffic from flowing between Internet carriers. There are quite a lot of those, though, and it would be exceptionally difficult (bordering on impossible) to pull off.
Space

Hubble Repair Mission At Risk 224

Posted by samzenpus
from the someone-take-out-the-space-trash dept.
MollyB writes "According to Wired, the recent collision of satellites may put the Atlantis shuttle mission to repair Hubble in the 'unacceptable risk' status: 'The spectacular collision between two satellites on Feb. 10 could make the shuttle mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope too risky to attempt. Before the collision, space junk problems had already upped the Hubble mission's risk of a "catastrophic impact" beyond NASA's usual limits, Nature's Geoff Brumfiel reported today, and now the problem will be worse. Mark Matney, an orbital debris specialist at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas told the publication that even before the collision, the risk of an impact was 1 in 185, which was "uncomfortably close to unacceptable levels" and the satellite collision "is only going to add on to that."'"
Privacy

Cambridge, Mass. Moves To Nix Security Cameras 366

Posted by timothy
from the buncha-lefties dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Citing privacy concerns, the Cambridge, Mass. City Council has voted 9-0 to remove security cameras scattered throughout the city. 'Because of the slow erosion of our civil liberties since 9/11, it is important to raise questions regarding these cameras,' said Marjorie Decker, a Cambridge city councilor. Rather than citing privacy, WCBVTV is running the story under the headline 'City's Move To Nix Security Cams May Cost Thousands.'"
Security

Researchers Hack Intel's VPro 105

Posted by kdawson
from the joy-of-breaking-the-unbreakable dept.
snydeq writes "Security researchers from Invisible Things Lab have created software that can 'compromise the integrity' of software loaded using Intel's vPro Trusted Execution Technology, which is supposed to help protect software from being seen or tampered with by other programs on the machine. The researchers say they have created a two-stage attack, with the first stage exploiting a bug in Intel's system software. The second stage relies on a design flaw in the TXT technology itself (PDF). The researchers plan to give more details on their work at the Black Hat DC security conference next month."

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